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Witness A Rare Find: Original 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Discovered In Kentucky

Jul 19, 2023

How would you make a gearhead go green with envy? Try flaunting a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 with white stripes with a Forest Green paint job, of course.


YouTuber Patrick Glenn Nichols, who runs the eponymous channel Patrick Glenn Nichols Musclecar Barn Finds, went to central Kentucky to check out this pristine barn find Chevelle, and it's one of the cleanest muscle cars we've seen.


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This Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Is Likely An Early 1970 Model


YouTuber Patrick Glenn Nichols is in Kentucky to inspect a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, to endorse it as a possible LS6. Given that it’s a restomod, Nichols admits it’s a tricky inspection. With a car that is more than 50 years old, there are going to be reproduction parts inside, no matter how good and authentic it looks on the outside.


Luckily for Nichols, and the owner of the car, this muscle car bears an authentic stamp from the Atlanta, Georgia assembly plant, Muncie M22 with the correct font on the transmission, and also a CRV. He points out that the original engine also bears a very faint font stamp that he vetted thoroughly.


Nichols feels this is an original cowl induction car that did not come with power steering, likely a very early 1970 Chevelle from Atlanta, perhaps even from the first week of January itself. The YouTuber also talks about a rather “neat” component of the car, an O38 casting 12-bold rear-axle CRV.


Remember this was a powerful muscle car of its time, with its 7.4-liter V8 engine managing 450 horsepower, officially, running 0-60 mph in a super-quick 6.0 seconds. Today, these are mostly six-figure cars, although you can get some for as low as $50,000 or thereabouts.


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The Interiors Are A Stunning Mix Of Original And Restored

Nichols moves to the interior and exterior of the 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS, recalling how it was a 756 black-bucket seat with no D55 console. The exterior is in Forest Green with white stripes, and he praises the restoration given that the car looks nearly as it would have, right off the assembly lines.


While most of the interior comes restored, the muscle car still bears the original dash and the redline tachometer.


He does note that the window glasses are new too, as he talks about the “leopard” pattern seen in a new glass while appreciating the almost authentic feel of it all. The bucket seats are a restoration job as well because the “feet” are visible, not the case in the original.


The steering wheel is a reproduction as well but fits right in with the original GM dash pad. The same is true with the shifter but given that it takes any noise of the original away, Nichols feels it’s more of an improvement. Watch the video to see how thorough a job Nichols does to vet the car and its various original and restored parts.

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